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Nine-year-old's efforts garner Golf of the Year award

Not bad for a 9 year old.

Ryan Hicks of Clearwater was named the North Suncoast Junior Golf Association's 2008 Golfer for the Year and also picked up the 2008 Low Stroke Average in the 10- to 12-year-old boys advanced division.

In winning his division in the Tournament of Champions at World Woods Golf Club on Aug. 11-12, Hicks won six of seven tournaments to wrap up the NSJGA season. Hicks shot a 83 through 18 for the win.

Other local scorers include Joe Jackson of Brooksville, who shot a 59 through seven holes to finish second in the 8-9 boys and girls division, and in the 10-12 boys intermediate division, Bryce Wilson of Land O'Lakes took first with an 82 and Ben Cash and Jans Tamayo of Spring Hill shot a 83 and a 92, respectively.

In the 13-18 boys intermediate division, Jacob Jackson of Brooksville took home first with a 71 through nine holes, and in the 10-18 girls intermediate division, Summer Moser of Lutz was first with a 74 and Kae Elliott of Brooksville finished third with an 87.

In the 16-18 boys advanced division, Jordan Padova of Hudson came in second with a two-day score of 108, Jon Kopsell of Hudson had a 115 and Weston Parrish of Land O'Lakes had a 117. Megan Berube of Spring Hill came in second with a 102 in the 10-18 girls advanced division, and Lauren Shuford of Brooksville scored a 106 for third.

Upcoming events

Sunday: The Land O'Lakes High School football and basketball teams are hosting a golf tournament at Plantation Palms Golf Course, at 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd. Players can preregister now for $75 or for $80 the day of the tournament starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be a a 1:30 shotgun start and dinner and awards following the event. Proceeds from the event benefit the high school's teams.

For more information, contact coach John Benedetto at (813) 852-1312 or Dave Puhalski at (813) 962-3364.

Sept. 10: The Third Annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational presented by Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will be at Southern Hills Plantation Club. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is either $320 per foursome or $90 per golfer and deadline to register is Sept. 2. For more information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829.

Sept. 20: Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School will host its annual golf outing at Beacon Woods Golf Course with proceeds benefiting the Hurricanes' golf programs.

The scramble-format tournament begins 8:30 a.m. The fee is $75 per player, which includes cart, beverages, contests, prizes and lunch.

For more information, contact Nick Rodriguez at (727) 857-2600, ext. 244 or e-mail at

Oct. 3: The 14th annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament will be at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville.

Proceeds from the "Swing for Charity" tournament will go to the United Way of Pasco. The tournament will have foursomes and is set for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available, with levels including foursome fees, hole sponsors, refreshments, lunch, dinner and prizes.

Contact Kurt Conover at (727) 869-5494 or call, toll-free, 1-800-432-7811, ext. 5494, to receive registration and sponsorship information.

Oct. 3: The Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs will host a shotgun start event that will benefit Pasco Pediatric Foundation. To register or for more information, call (727) 480-6285 or (727) 243-7513.

Oct. 22: The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will host the third annual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. at the Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive. The registration fee is $65 and includes golf and cart, buffet, contests and prizes.

The deadline is Sept. 15 and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For information, call Marianne at (352) 796-4043 or Pat at (352) 848-0842.

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Nine-year-old's efforts garner Golf of the Year award 08/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:30am]
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